Volunteer Opportunities

What better way to feel connected and engaged than to volunteer?

Registered Veterinary Technicians are a tremendous resource of skills, training, empathy, compassion and energy. If you are looking to share your talents with your community or your association, check out the list of opportunities below. Please note that the volunteer listings are updated as requests come in, with the most recent opportunities on top. Check back frequently for more opportunities. (The OAVT does not endorse any of these volunteer opportunities. We are simply making their availability known.)

Volunteer = CE!

CE Credits are available for volunteer work. Amounts are determined on an individual basis. Contact Laurie@oavt.org to determine how many credits you might be eligible for based on your volunteer efforts. Click here for your Volunteer Log form for CE (PDF).

Volunteer for the OAVT

Call for Volunteers!

Now that 2018 is in full swing, the OAVT is looking for volunteers interested in attending various events throughout the year. There are even opportunities available for you to be the leader of an event in your own community!

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering can deliver a wealth of benefits including:

  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Learning and developing new skills and interests
  • Enhancing and expanding your work experience
  • Meeting and networking with other professionals in the industry and members of the public
  • And….

  • Making a real difference in your community and profession!
  • If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas for events that you would like to see YOUR association attend, please contact Shanna@oavt.org

    Upcoming OAVT Events


    List of Volunteer Opportunities

    Furry Friends Animal Shelter - Med Room Volunteer

    (Posted 2017/01/18) Furry Friends Animal Shelter in Barrie is looking for dependable animal-lovers to help us care for cats and kittens at the shelter who require special attention in our "Med Room". Med Room volunteers are comfortable working with animals that are ill or injured and are passionate about getting these animals healthy and happy. This role is perfect for RVTs and students in vet tech programs who want to gain experience and help animals in our community.

    Summary of tasks:

    1. Carefully follow medical chart instructions for each cat in the med room. This may include giving medications, force feeding and general cleaning of cats’ eyes, noses, wounds, etc.

    2. Check off that treatments have been done and document any changes in a cat’s condition.

    3. Ensure cats and kittens always have fresh food and water.

    4. Ensure the Med Room is kept clean.

    5. Socialize with the cats and kittens.

    Morning and evening shifts are available on weekdays and weekends, 365 days a year! Be part of a dedicated and passionate volunteer team working to make a positive difference for vulnerable cats and kittens in our community. Full training is provided.

    To apply, please complete the online application form.

    The Bello Project

    (Posted 2017/01/17) The Bello Project is a registered non-profit and charitable organisation under the umbrella of the Home Hospice Association. The Bello Project provides care for the animals of people with terminal illness. With the prospective goal to become a national organisation across Canada, The Bello Project is beginning to set roots in the Waterloo Region (including Kitchener-Cambridge and Waterloo, as well as Guelph, Ontario.

    We are looking for Registered Veterinary Technicians who are looking to be a part of a strong community outreach project. Registered Veterinary Technicians are leaders in animal welfare, health, and compassionate care-giving to pets, and in turn their pet-parent in their illness journey.

    The Role of a Registered Veterinary Technician in the Project will be to recruit, instruct, and facilitate volunteers to provide quality and passionate care to the animals of people during their illness journey. It may also include assistance with fundraising, event planning, conference booth attendance, live speaking, educating in schools or other learning environments, maintaining relations with other animal welfare groups and organisations.

    Professional online training facilitated by Registered Veterinary Technicians, Veterinarians, and Human Health Workers combined is the foundation of our training within the Project.

    For more information visit: www.homehospiceassociation.com/thebelloproject or email: info@homehospiceassociation.com or complete the volunteer form: www.homehospiceassociation.com/volunteer-your-talents

    Burlington Animal Shelter

    The Burlington Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers who are interested in fostering orphaned baby kittens, expectant moms, or moms with babies.

    *Time commitment could be as short as a few days or as long as 4 months.


    • Care for animals in your home on a short term basis on behalf of the shelter.
    • Provide food, water, care, socialization and medical treatments as delegated by a DVM.
    • Drive animals to and from medical appointments and the shelter as needed.

    We provide you with the food, litter and medical care. You provide the home, time and TLC.

    The Burlington Animal Shelter: 2424 Industrial Street, Burlington, ON, L7P 1A5

    Call: 905-335-3030

    Veterinarians Without Borders

    Veterinarians without Borders (VWB/VSF-Canada) is seeking animal health professionals for several exciting international volunteer opportunities. Available placements include field veterinarian, laboratory specialist, veterinary clinic advisor, animal production training manual development specialist, lecturer, adult education & training specialist, and curriculum development specialist (dairy and poultry). The placements will be located in Ghana, Tanzania, Laos, Uganda and Vietnam. Placement details are available at www.vetswithoutborders.ca/volunteer.

    These opportunities are part of VWB/VSF-Canada's Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities project. The project is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. Volunteer positions are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

    Please send a resume and covering letter which indicates the position you are interested in and how you are qualified for that position to Heather Ho heather@vetswithoutborders.ca. If you need more information please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at kristen@vetswithoutborders.ca


    NATUCATE helps to connect RVTs and students with internships and volunteer projects abroad.

    Our name is combined of the words "nature" and "(to) educate". We have chosen this name as we offer internships, volunteering and further education in different countries with a focus on nature and wildlife conservation. We hope that we can offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our clients. We currently provide projects in North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia and Oceania. Especially interesting for RVTs would be our Project in Thailand where participants support a street cat and dog shelter, or our Mustang rescue ranch in Florida.

    NATUCATE does not only target school-leavers, students and graduates, our clients are of all ages and backgrounds; anyone who is looking to broaden their horizons in an unforgettable and meaningful way. For more information on internships abroad and volunteering in nature and wildlife conservation, visit: http://www.natucate.com/en/

    Be A Tree

    RVTs make perfect hosts to deliver the Be a Tree program, created by Doggone Safe. Earn 1 CE credit for each Be a Tree program you deliver to children, to a maximum of 5 CE credits per year. For more details on the program, check out our Be a Tree page.

    Foster a Pet for Mississauga Animal Services

    Our foster care program provides temporary care to pets that need special attention and care outside of the shelter environment. Fostering makes a pet more adoptable and gives them another chance to find a happy home. We need foster homes for:

    • Nursing or expecting mothers
    • Recovering surgery patients
    • Pets with behavioural issues
    • Orphaned pets

    To become a foster parent, please complete the application form and submit at the Animal Services shelter. Click here for more information.

    The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

    Please visit their website to learn more.

    Etobicoke Humane Society

    Please visit their website to learn more.

    Email info@etobicokehumanesociety.com for more information

    Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

    Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a registered non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue orphaned and injured wildlife, rehabilitate them and then release them back to the wild. We rely upon volunteers to help us through our busy baby season beginning in April throughout the summer and into early fall.

    Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
    1116 Crawford Street
    Rosseau, Ontario P0C 1J0
    705 732-6368

    One Health

    Improving connections between Public Health and the Veterinary Community. Working together to improve animal welfare, animal health, public health and community safety.

    Contact the OAVT's Community Relations Manager (Laurie Williams, RVT) for more details: Laurie@oavt.org

    Animal Experience International

    Volunteer your skills and make a real difference in the world! RVTs have the knowledge and expertise that animal organizations need. This is an excellent opportunity to work with different species, try new procedures and learn more about husbandry, nutrition, conservation issues, while travelling to places you have always wanted to visit.

    For more information visit:
    or email info@animalei.com

    Speaker Planning Committee (Conference)

    The Speaker Planning Committee’s primary goal is to enhance the overall CE programming at the annual OAVT conference. The committee is responsible for the selection of educational tracks, topics and speakers. These decisions are made by reviewing past delegate feedback and assessing trends within the industry. The committee is comprised of representatives that cover the following areas: Small Animal, Large Animal, Education, VTS Specialties, Lab/Research. For information on the time commitment and general schedule for the committee, please contact conference@oavt.org

    Canadian Animal Assistance Team

    Do you ever want to stretch your technical knowledge, learn from new challenges, learn about animals in different cultures and experience a different part of Canada or the world? You can do all of those things on a Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) project. CAAT is a registered charity whose Project teams consist of volunteer veterinarians, RVTs, and assistants from all across Canada. CAAT Animal Health Care Clinics provide sterilization and vaccination programs to reduce the population growth, reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats, and improve the general welfare of the resident animals. We provide these voluntary services in remote and under-served communities in Canada and internationally. 

    Join us in making a difference!

    For more information visit:
    or email info@caat-canada.org

    Community Veterinary Outreach 

    Community Veterinary Outreach is a registered charity that provides pro bono preventive veterinary care for animals of the homeless and vulnerably-housed in 4 communities across Ontario (and growing!); Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener-Waterloo.

    For more information visit: http://vetoutreach.org/
    or email: info@vetoutreach.org
    or complete the volunteer form: http://vetoutreach.org/volunteer-form/


    Brampton Animal Shelter

    Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills to help an animal in need? Brampton Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers with medical knowledge and training to help provide much needed care to the animals in our Foster Care program! Unlike foster programs at other animal rescues, the animals that are placed in Foster Care through Brampton Animal Shelter have high medical care needs. They can be very young animals in need of several bottle-feedings a day, animals recovering from surgery, or animals battling other medical concerns that require that special-someone with an animal-care background to ensure they make a speedy recovery. For more details, please email fosterprogram@brampton.ca. Thank you and we hope welcome you to our Foster Family soon!   



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